Introduction

Whitebait season got underway on Monday 15th August, and whitebaiter's are being reminded to "Check, Clean, Dry" their nets and other gear between rivers to help protect our waters from the invasive algae didymo.

Whitebait season got underway on Monday 15 August, and whitebaiters are being reminded to 'Check, Clean, Dry' their nets and other gear between rivers to help protect our waters from the invasive algae didymo.

'"We need everybody to do their bit by cleaning their gear between waterways to protect our freshwater environments, including whitebait habitat, against didymo and other aquatic pests," says Andy Wills, DOC Ranger.

"Although didymo is still only found in the South Island, whitebaiter’s should treat all waterways as if they are infected with didymo and all gear used in waterways should be cleaned before fishing in other areas using the approved 'Check, Clean, Dry' cleaning methods."

 


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